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1.
Ledger Attachment
The ledger connection is where the deck connects to the house. It is one of the most common failure points on a poorly built deck. It's very important to use structural screws rather than nails to secure your deck ledger board to your home.
2.
Joist-to-Ledger
Deck floor joists intersect into a beam or ledger board and must be properly secured to the framing of the house.
3.
Joist-to-Beam
Beams must be secured to the joists that support the floor of the deck.
4.
Beam-to-Post
Posts must be properly connected to the beams underneath the deck.
5.
Railing Post-to-Deck Framing
People often get injured due to weak or wobbly railings on a deck. Railings must be properly attached to the perimeter of the deck as well as the floor joists running underneath the deck.
6.
Stair Stringer-to-Deck Framing
Stair stringers that run along each of the stair steps (or treads) must be secured to the deck framing.
7.
Stair Tread-to-Stringer
Each stair step (or tread) must be properly connected to the stair stringers.
8.
Post-to-Concrete
Post bases connect the post to the footing or concrete slab underneath your deck.

* Simpson Strong Tie and the Home Safety Council have teamed up to support
   deck safety education by creating a video about how to inspect your deck.

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